Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

ECSE offers special education services to eligible children starting at age 3 and continuing until they enter kindergarten. Services can include specially designed instruction and/or related services such as physical, occupational, or speech and language therapy.  Services may be provided at community preschools, childcare facilities or at ECSE center sites.

The focus of Oregon’s Early Childhood Special Education program is on:

  • teaching the child needed skills in areas of developmental delay,
  • preparing the child for a school setting, and,
  • incorporating intervention strategies into the child’s day.

ECSE services are determined by the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) team and may include:

  • Articulation Group focuses on children with speech sound development.
  • ECSE Developmental Class is recommended for three to five-year-olds who need more structure, practice and repetition to learn.
  • Structured Class (Applied Behavior) is recommended for children who are three to five years old who have autism spectrum disorder and require a highly specialized, intensive intervention program.
  • Consultation to Community Sites is recommended for children who will benefit from a preschool environment with typical peers and special education services/support which can be provided at that site.
  • Direct Therapy is provided to those children who have specific therapy needs. General developmental delays are addressed by an EI/ECSE specialist. Training and/or consultation from a therapist are provided to ECSE specialists and parents as needed. Related service providers will offer ways to support and train the EI/ECSE specialist so they have the knowledge and skills to work effectively on motor and communication goals. Therapy may be provided by a speech language pathologist, physical therapist and/or occupational therapist.
  • Central Oregon Regional Services provides specialized support for children with vision impairments, hearing impairments, orthopedic impairments, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, or augmentative communications. Services may include evaluation, consultation, support in preschools and group settings, and use of equipment.
  • Connections to Community Resources Specialists and therapists may assist parents as they identify community-based providers or services (support groups, social services, community activities, and so on).
  • Information from a variety of sources (articles, Internet, library, videos, etc.) about typical child development, your child’s specific disability, assistive technology and equipment, use of an interpreter, and so on.

Level of services in each of these options vary and are based on the needs of the child and family.

Visit our Eligibility page and Evaluation page for more information.

Please contact us to start your referral.